Sunday, May 30, 2010

Something's Fishy!

This week I purchased the Wilton tools for working with fondant...mainly for creating flowers.
But, because I like to think outside the box the first thing I created with the tools was a fish. Yes...a fish!

I had been hired to create a gone fishin' cake which had the potential to morph into another "Never Again!" But that fishy had nothing on my new tools!

I started with a ball of fondant icing...looking at a picture of a fish, I worked the icing in to this beauty! I detailed the fins with the sea-shell tool and used a pointy tool (I'm certain that's the technical term!) to sketch the lines and scales.

I then mixed Wilton's Luster Dust with a little rum - the instructions call for vodka but we were all out! I resisted the temptation to mix myself a little something and decided instead to keep my whits about me and finish this project in my right mind! Then the painting began...I worked towards blending the colours and finished off with a little shimmer all over.
Unfortunately for this little guy - he's on the chopping block! I painted the fondant with brown paste food colouring. To get the wood-look, I blended the colours with a paintbrush. And tada...something's fishy!

Never Again!

Truth be told, I sometimes get myself in over my head!

Take for example the cake I like to call "NEVER AGAIN"! When approached by a colleague to create a model of a building...from cake...I had to think on that one! I took a day to mull over the idea and decided that I couldn't pull it off, I didn't have the expertise for such an undertaking. Before I could say "in over my head" my colleague had convinced me that I could in fact create a building from cake. And there I was, in over my head.

I frantically baked cake after cake after cake after cake...there were wrapped cakes on my table, on my counters, on my coffee tables in the living room - piled 2 or three high in some spots! Then came the buttercream - somewhere in the vicinity of 7 Lbs. of butter, 42 egg whites and 1- and a half cups of sugar! I won't mention the small fortune spent on fondant icing...

With the gracious help of a friend of mine and upwards of 36 hours of creating I did in fact pull this one off! I present to you..."Never Again."

Will this be the last time I find myself in over my head? Probably not.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Life is short...Eat more cupcakes!

A tweet treat.

Forest friends.

Much tastier than a fortune cookie with all the fortune!


How do you say thank-you to those people for whom words are not enough? Cupcakes!

Simply ooey-gooey goodness!

Far less painful and much tastier than the real deal!

Gentlemen...start your engines!


Make a wish...

My favourite part of the party has always been 'the wish' ~ there is something magical about it.

I wonder what she's wishing for...

Saturday, May 22, 2010

How tweet!

A lazy Saturday spent cruising garage sales in northern Alberta with my favourite son...and checking out my favourite blogs! I really, really want to make this cake - pretty please...ask me...I'll say yes, I promise!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

How do you say thank-you?

As a mother I know how important volunteers are in the lives of my children. As a teacher I know how important volunteers are in the lives of my can you thank someone for selfless giving...cupcakes, perhaps:)

I created these for the wonderful volunteers who grace our school with their of themselves. I hope they enjoyed the treat!

Decadent Chocolate cupcakes with Swiss Meringue Butter-cream, chocolate ganache and Skor bits.

How beautiful a day can be
When kindness touches it!
~George Elliston

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Have your cake...

and eat it too!

This blog is dedicated to my confections...cakes, cupcakes and all their sugary goodness! Join me on my journey...let's see where this takes us!

To begin....a gallery of some of my favourites...

Gecko-lovers rejoice! Celebrating two girls and their geckos!

Turning five is cause for celebration!

A cake fit for Tinkerbell!

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